Shortened quarantine would identify most COVID-19 cases, Gottlieb says

The CDC’s consideration to shorten the COVID-19 quarantine period means most infections would still be identified, Scott Gottlieb, MD, former commissioner of the FDA, told CBS News Nov. 29…”What you want are recommendations that are prudent and practical that people are going to follow,” Dr. Gottlieb said. ..The CDC’s current 14-day quarantine recommendation may deter people from complying, according to Dr. Gottlieb.

“So putting in place a 10-day quarantine period, even a seven-day quarantine period, you’re going to capture the vast majority of infections within that time frame.”

Dr. Gottlieb told CBS the measure should have been contemplated earlier, as most people who are exposed to the coronavirus develp infections within the first five to seven days.

The COVID Cold Chain: How a Vaccine Will Get to You

“Two drug companies have now reported highly successful results from phase III trials of COVID-19 vaccines. On November 18 Pfizer and partner BioNTech said their vaccine was 95 percent effective at preventing the disease, based on full trial results. Two days earlier Moderna reported its vaccine was 94.5 percent effective, based on interim data.

Both Pfizer and Moderna use the same genetically engineered vaccine approach, which involves messenger RNA molecules. Assuming the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizes the vaccines for “emergency use,” each firm will have to ramp up production and distribution tremendously. Pfizer expects to produce up to 50 million doses worldwide in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion in 2021. Moderna intends to manufacture approximately 20 million doses in 2020 and 500 million to one billion in 2021. A person receiving either vaccine will need two doses, administered three or four weeks apart.

Multiple steps are needed to deliver so many little glass vials of vaccine to local hospitals and pharmacies, where the medication can be injected into a person’s arm. Moderna’s vaccine has to be shipped at –20 degrees Celsius (–4 degrees Fahrenheit), and it can then be stored at that temperature for six months. Once thawed and kept in a refrigerator between two and eight degrees C (36 to 46 degrees F) it is good for up to 30 days. Pfizer’s vaccine must be kept at –70 degrees C (–94 degrees F)—a much greater challenge. Once transferred to a refrigerator, it must be administered within five days. J. Harris: Readable article with lots of detail about handling COLD materials.

Presidents’ Health and Medical Confidentiality

 (Good historical look at presidential health and possible needed changes in release of presidential medical information.)

From the Longview Paper on Tuesday regarding area’s increased Covid rates: On Monday, COVID-19 patients accounted for 15.78% hospitalizations out of total hospital capacity in the state trauma service area comprised of Gregg, Harrison, Upshur, Rusk, Smith and 14 other counties, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Lab-confirmed COVID-19 patients took up 429 of the 2,718 total staff hospital beds in the region, Trauma Service Area G….It was the second consecutive day the rate rose above 15%. On Sunday, it was 15.2%.  

The executive order allows some counties, even with high hospitalizations, to go through a process to choose to continue to operate at the expanded capacity, which is 75% for certain business. To enter the process, a county must have fewer than 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in the past 14 days, and the county judge must submit a certification of other criteria.



Notice Austin has changed from a Hot Spot to a busy area with fewer cases of Covid. 

Who knows what they are doing better than anyone else? Pay attention?

Why health officials are terrified of a pandemic Christmas

3 healthcare actions Biden plans to take in 1st 100 days

President-elect Joe Biden has indicated his first 100 days in office will include actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic and federal healthcare leadership.

Here are three healthcare actions President-elect Biden plans on taking:

1. On his first day in office, President-elect Biden said he will move to rejoin the World Health Organization. President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the international health agency this summer.

2. President-elect Biden plans to ask Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to remain as the lead of the institute.

3. President-elect Biden has said containing the COVID-19 pandemic will be his top priority when he takes office in January. During his first few months in the White House, President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 task force will be in charge of vaccine distribution and a mass vaccination campaign. President-elect Biden has said healthcare workers and first responders should be prioritized for a COVID-19 vaccine, according to CNN. The next president’s team has started meeting with current White House officials to work on distribution, according to Fortune.

From Hopkins”

Russia Tries to Import COVID-19 Drugs as Deaths Hit High (Reuters) Russia is trying to import foreign-made drugs to fight the COVID-19 pandemic due to a shortage of products at home, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Tuesday, as authorities reported a record 569 new daily deaths from the coronavirus.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

+ Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off?  He’s all right now.


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